“Sayyad is a land-based missile, and when we want to use it on a vessel, it needs some changes, and we have these changes on our agenda in a bid to mount Sayyad missiles on our under-construction Mowj vessels, including Mowj 2, Mowj 3, Mowj 4 and Mowj 5,” Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh told FNA.
Meantime, he said that various missile defense systems have been deployed on Iranian Navy vessels, and added that certain vessels are now equipped with Ra’d missiles.
“We can concurrently dispatch two fleets of warships in opposite directions to the East and West of the Indian Ocean and we have done this before and enjoy the technical capability to carry out such missions whenever necessary,” he added.
In November, the Iranian defense Ministry inaugurated the production line of Sayyad 2.
The production line of the missile was launched in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
“The designing and production of Sayyad 2 missile was brought on agenda to have the needed defensive tool for confronting (possible) air raids,” Dehqan said, addressing the ceremony in Tehran.
“The missile enjoys a solid fuel engine with a combined guiding system and high operational capabilities,” he added.
Dehqan explained that Sayyad 2 is a missile for mid-range and high-altitude air defense systems, designed based on the state-of-the-art technologies which can destroy different types of helicopters, drones and targets with small radar cross-section and high speed and maneuverability within its operational range.
Iran test-fired its latest air-defense missile system, Sayyad 2, in 2011.
Iran had earlier unveiled Sayyad 1 surface-to-air missile which is a two-staged air defense missile that is capable of destroying targets with low Radar Cross Section (RCS) at low and medium altitudes. The system enjoys the capability to defuse jamming and electronic warfare attacks.
Sayyad 2 is an upgraded version and enjoys higher precision, range and destruction power compared with its previous version. Iran announced in August that it has used the latest home-made missile production, Sayyad 2, in its S-200 anti-aircraft system.
Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said at the time that the country has used “Sayyad 2 missiles in its S-200 defense systems”, adding that the restructuring of the system was the result of the industrious efforts made by experts at the Iranian defense industries and his base. In November 2010, Iran test-fired its S-200 anti-aircraft missile systems.
Iran’s S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircrafts. Each battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers and fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems.
Each missile is launched by 4 solid-fueled strap-on rocket boosters. Maximum range is between 200 and 350 km depending on the model. The missile uses radio illumination mid-course correction to fly towards the target with a terminal semi active radar homing phase.